$10,000 Price Tag for Illegally Killing Elk

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VERNAL, Utah (AP) -- A Salt Lake man will have to pay big bucks for illegally killing elk in the Books Cliffs last year.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jerold Cushing Kennicott was ordered to pay more than ten-thousand dollars in fines and restitution for shooting four bull elk during an archery hunt in September 2004. He will also lose his hunting privileges for up to ten years.

Among the four elk was a trophy animal, which was reportedly the second-largest archery bull elk taken in Utah.

Authorities would not have investigated the illegal kills had Kennicott not turned himself in to authorities last April. Kennicott admitted initially he had shot just one elk that had gotten away. However, an investigation found more animals were actually killed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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